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HIPAA and Assisted Living Facilities

July 01, 2001

Owners and operators of assisted living facilities have doubtless heard of "HIPAA." This stands for the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Congress enacted HIPAA primarily to assist employees who where leaving work to maintain health care coverage until they obtained new employment. In addition, HIPAA set forth Congress' expectations regarding how electronic health information would be handled in the future. It is this part of the law that is presently attracting the most attention.

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